The elder brother of naturalist and broadcaster David Attenborough, he was aged 90. Here are a few details about his life. Attenborough played underdogs and misfits in a string of character roles after World War Two, notably in "Brighton Rock", "Seance on a Wet Afternoon" and "10 Rillington Place".
In this May 17, 1970 file photo, British actor Richard Attenborough, center, who portrays mass murderer John Reginald Christie in the lead role of "10 Rillington Place" stands alongside John Hurt, right, and Judy Geeson in London, England. (Source: AP)